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  1. News - Hong Kong - AUDIT REPORT

    Spotlight on HK$5m funding for lion dance

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 03:16am by Tanna Chong and Jennifer Ngo

    ... funding for lion dance The city's graft-busters have been asked to investigate an annual parade sponsored by the government's HK$250 million Mega Events Fund after the latest audit report revealed potential conflicts of interest and irregularities in its accounts and records. The accusations against the Dragon and Lion Dance Extravaganza were filed with the Independent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1486305/spotlight-hk5-m-fundingfor-lion-dance
  2. Sport - Rugby - SUPER 15

    Sharks stay top after fierce derby win over Lions

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 08:37pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney The Coastal Sharks won a fierce South African derby to stay top of rugby’s Super 15 as Australia’s resurgent Western Force won their fifth straight match at the weekend. A superb individual try from fullback Lwazi Mvovo secured the Sharks a 25-12 victory over the Golden Lions to hold on to a two-point lead in the southern hemisphere provincial series. Jake ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1481069/sharks-stay-top-after-fierce-derby-win-over-lions
  3. News - China - FOREIGN RELATIONS

    Xi's awakened lion claim rings true for France

    Posted Apr 12th 2014, 03:40am by Adrian Wan

    ... France ready for awakened, peaceful lion President Xi Jinping's visit to France last month, during which a raft of business and bilateral deals were sealed, showed China "was an awakened lion, but a peaceful one", says France's top envoy to China. Sylvie Bermann was echoing an analogy Xi made in a speech to an audience that included French President Francois ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1477046/xis-awakened-lion-claim-rings-true-france
  4. Sport - Rugby - SUPER 15

    Sharks keen to snare points from Lions’ den

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 09:45pm by AFP

    ... Lions' den The Coastal Sharks will be out to extend their Super 15 lead this weekend against the Golden Lions, while the ACT Brumbies aim to stay top of the Australian conference. Jake ... where they have only lost three times in 10 encounters with the Lions. "We've had a break now and that was very good for us as a team, getting away from things," flanker Marcell ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1474109/sharks-keen-snare-points-lions-den
  5. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    One lion that doesn't want to be king of the jungle

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 05:19am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei One lion that doesn't want to be king of the jungle Evoking Napoleon Bonaparte, President Xi Jinping proclaimed while in France last week, that "the sleeping lion" of China has awoken. But, unlike others of the species, this lion would be "peaceful, pleasant, and civilised". Xi's decision to revive the quote often attributed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1461255/one-lion-doesnt-want-be-king-jungle
  6. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Xi Jinping says world has nothing to fear from awakening of 'peaceful lion'

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 01:49pm by Teddy Ng, Andrea Chen

    ... 'Sleeping lion' has woken up, says Xi Xi Jinping's decision to compare China to the proverbial "king of the jungle" yesterday was seen as the latest sign that the president intends to pursue a more muscular foreign policy. Xi used the lion metaphor in a speech in Paris to commemorate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations with France. He introduced it via ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1459168/xi-says-world-has-nothing-fear-awakening-peaceful-lion
  7. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    Marjan, the lion, now pride of Afghanistan’s Kabul zoo

    Posted Mar 19th 2014, 09:35pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Kabul Zoo vets have nursed the animal back to good health after finding it close to death on a rooftop Marjan the lion now pride of Kabul Kabul's zoo has unveiled its new star attraction- Marjan the lion, who lived on a rooftop in the city until rescued by animal welfare officials last year when close to death. A businessman in the war-torn Afghan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1452633/marjan-lion-now-pride-afghanistans-kabul-zoo
  8. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    Dragons, dancing lions and a great big party

    Posted Mar 03rd 2014, 05:17am by Ernest Kao

    ... Ernest Kao ernest.kao@scmp.com Tai Kok Tsui's 12-hour temple fair aims to bring community together and celebrate local culture Dragons, dancing lions and a great big party The buses and cars of Tai Kok Tsui gave way to dancing lions and dragons yesterday, during a 12-hour cultural bash attended by thousands, including the chief secretary. Organised annually by the Mong Kong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1438795/dragons-dancing-lions-and-great-big-party
  9. News - Hong Kong - PUBLIC EYE

    It's goodbye to Lion Rock, hello Money Mountain

    Posted Feb 12th 2014, 03:38am by Michael Chugani

    ... Michael Chugani Say goodbye to Lion Rock, hello to Money Mountain Price-gouging fishball sellers, passengers occupying a cruise ship to extort compensation for a missed port call, cabbies driving off with the luggage of tourists, and mainland visitors demanding over-the-top payouts for even the slightest inconvenience. Forget about the "Lion Rock spirit" our leaders so ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1426222/its-goodbye-lion-rock-hello-money-mountain
  10. News - World - NATURE

    West African lions on brink of extinction due to farming and hunting

    Posted Jan 16th 2014, 04:37am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Dakar Just 400 remain in face of encroaching farmland and hunting, study finds West African lions on the edge of extinction West Africa's lions, which once prowled across ... of the animals are thought to have survived across 17 countries, according to the paper published in scientific journal PLOS ONE. "These lions are standing on a cliff looking at the chasm ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1406290/west-african-lions-brink-extinction-due-farming-and-hunting

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